Knapp best choice for tough times
Juneau faces a difficult choice ahead in the race for mayor. We are fortunate to have two strong, attractive and highly qualified candidates seeking this office. Daunting times lie ahead as our city faces certain growth in the face of declining revenues from state and federal sources. All city programs and activities should expand only in direct relationship to growth in the tax base.
Service makes a difference in election
I appreciate the service you provide to the community by publishing the Juneau Empire/League of Women Voters voters' guide supplement. I found the Sunday voters' guide insert instructive - especially when it came to the responses by the two candidates for mayor.
Pride in athletes
In reading the Sunday Empire sports section I could not help but feel my heart swell with pride for our high school athletes. In a world gone mad it is so exciting to see our athletes excel beyond their wildest dream.
Hoping Murkowski listens
It's good to see that Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is beginning to recognize that she needs to pay closer attention to people in Juneau as she pushes her plan to give away vast amounts of public land in our community. Last Saturday Murkowski held a town meeting at the ANB Hall to "explain" to people in Juneau her bill, S. 1354, which would give more than 12,000 acres of the Berners Bay area to Sealaska and Cape Fox Corporations. Her proposal was not well received. Of the 400 or so people who packed the hall, the vast majority came in support of maintaining public ownership of those lands.
More hiking advice
Scott Foster's "Hiking in the rain" article gave a perspective that I believe is known to most of the regular hikers that endure the rainy weather here in Juneau. The observations are more pronounced if one is alone without the competing noises of fellow hikers. Although I don't promote hiking alone, one can be separated sufficiently from other hikers to cue in on these experiences.
Matter of priority
There is a lot of tension in our schools these days as negotiations between the school district and teachers are in full debate. I agree with the school district that money is tight and choices need to be made. However, during tight times, the administration needs to get more creative rather than simply telling teachers there will be no cost of living increases and possible teacher layoffs. The district and school administrators need to remember their jobs are to support the teachers and the students. The children's education needs to be the top priority, not administration jobs. Perhaps administrative salaries should be reduced or positions eliminated, or non-essential training could be suspended. Maybe parents will need to volunteer for jobs that can be reduced or eliminated such as janitorial and fundraising.
Natives get shorted
Why am I not surprised of the outcome of this event? Especially when it comes from Mrs. Murkowski's own people, who thought it was wise to use this "timing" method towards the original inhabitants of this community/country.
Better water is needed at school
I am a third grader at Harborview School. The water at my school tastes bad. The water leaves the faucet and it is not clear. I don't like drinking the water. My dad tells me that the pipes are rusty and so a lot of iron comes out with the water. Can you help change the pipes so that the water tastes better? Please vote for the school bond that will pay for new water pipes at my school.
Story for School Board
Please join me, Juneau, in electing Andi Story for the Juneau School Board. I have known Andi as a professional, colleague, parent, school, community volunteer and friend for most of my 19 years in Juneau. She is an exceptional candidate! While Andi has been an advocate for her own three children at all grade levels in the district, I know first-hand that she is an advocate for all students and their families.
Web site a hit
I was born and raised in Juneau and am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am writing this letter to personally thank Pat Costello for his wonderful Web site juneauphotos.com. It gives me the opportunity to show people down here just how beautiful Juneau really is, and what a great place it is to visit.
Funds for administrators, but not teachers?
As a teacher, I would like to thank Max Mertz for his support of the teachers. However, his "My Turn" column left me with a few questions and more than a few comments. Mr. Mertz's position with the district is a valuable one, as are teachers. I don't discount what Mr. Mertz is saying about the state of finances, but I do question the way the finances are allocated. As the auditor for the School District, how much does Mr. Mertz make? What percentage of the money that goes to funding the employees of the school district is used for the administrators' salaries and Mr. Mertz's salary?
Playing fair with pot
I'm having zero tolerance for cannabis (marijuana) prohibitionists and their terrorizing ignorance, so I was pleased to read "Pot Prop May Go On '04 Ballot" (Sept. 26, 2003). Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered Lt. Gov. Loren Leman to accept almost 200 initiative signature booklets previously rejected.
Story has been involved with our schools
Thanks to the Empire for their coverage of local candidates for school board and the assembly. I have found the Empire's articles and interviews by Eric Fry objective and helpful as I determine who should represent me in these important leadership positions. As a long-term Juneau resident I would encourage my fellow voters to consider Andi Story as one candidate that will bring a balanced and informed perspective to the Juneau School Board. While all the candidates possess admirable traits that will be helpful and all profess to good intentions, Andi has already demonstrated through action her willingness to commit the time and energy to our local schools. She is a strong supporter of parent involvement in our schools, having spent seven years on Juneau school site councils including past chair of the JDHS Site Council. She has been an active parent in the Auke Bay Elementary, DZ Middle School and JDHS parent groups.
Due to a reporter's error, an article in Sunday's newspaper about the Juneau mayoral race misquoted candidate Dick Knapp about the amount of state funding for cities that may be cut next year. The correct figure is $250 million.
This Day in History
In Alaska In 1949, the U.S. Air Force confirmed that Eielson Air Force Base would be used for training operations for B-36 bombers. In the nation In 1777, the Congress of the United States - forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces - moved to York, Pa. In 1846, dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time on a patient in his Boston office. In 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th homer of the season to break his own major-league record. In 1954, the first atomic-powered vessel, the submarine "Nautilus," was commissioned by the Navy.
Icy voyager, 1916
Taken January 22, 1916, this photograph shows the Northwestern docked in Juneau and heavily weighed down by ice. The accumulation of ice on ship decks has been a major hazard in Alaska's maritime history, capsizing numerous ships and taking many lives.
Today Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380. Low-impact exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Storytime, 11 a.m., downtown library. Details: 586-5303.
The Chilkat Mountains are visible in the distance as a fog bank envelops the Mendenhall Wetlands on Monday afternoon. Despite the fog, Alaska Airlines reported no flight delays.
DOT gets Alaska art for new fast ferry
Bear and eagle masks, woodcut prints, and oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings are among the 19 pieces of artwork that will decorate the Fairweather, the state's new fast ferry. "We have a pretty good cross-section of different mediums," said Gary Smith, a naval architect for the Alaska Marine Highway System who helped select the pieces.
Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported: Drunken driving: Police arrested Anthony Eugene Vrell, 36, on a charge alleging drunken driving at 3:01 p.m. Sunday at Main Street and Egan Drive. Police lodged him at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and called a tow truck to impound the vehicle he was driving. Police arrested Jimmy Dalton Best, 62, on charges alleging drunken driving and reckless endangerment at 8:34 p.m. Sunday at Glacier Highway and Industrial Boulevard. Police lodged him at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and impounded the vehicle he was driving.
This Day in History
In Alaska In 1932, the Wrangell Institute, a boarding school for Alaska Natives, opened its doors. In 1939, Fairbanks radio station KFAR-AM went on the air for the first time as America's northernmost commercial radio station. In 1950, the Alaska Womens' Pioneer Home opened at Sitka.
Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Warm days break Southeast records
Temperature records were broken around Southeast Alaska on Sunday and Monday as the mercury rose above 60 degrees in many areas, the National Weather Service reported Monday. What's causing this abnormally good weather is this large high pressure system that's built up over the area," said Brian Tassia, a hydrotechnician with the National Weather Service in Juneau.
Governor backs fund-protection plan
A plan to protect the Alaska Permanent Fund from stock market volatility has won Gov. Frank Murkowski's approval, but he won't say how much, if any, of the fund's earnings should be used on state government. Murkowski has endorsed a plan by the Permanent Fund Corp. - the organization that manages the $25 billion fund - to cap the amount of investment earnings that can be used at 5 percent of the total market value of the fund.
Stone tackles city's issues
David Stone is running uncontested for the District 1 Assembly seat, but he doesn't take that for granted. "You need to run like you have an opponent," he said in an interview Monday. "People need to know where you stand on the issues." Despite the lack of a competing campaign, Stone said he has been doing his homework. He's met with the heads of the airport, hospital, city and Docks & Harbors Board. He's been to several Assembly meetings and even testified before city leaders recently. He's thought out major city issues and has plans for tackling them.
Remembering Bev Dorsher
Bev Dorsher, a longtime resident known for her volunteer spirit, skill in the kitchen and role as co-chairwoman of the Juneau Fourth of July Parade committee, died of cancer this weekend at her Douglas home. She was 71. "She was loved by everybody in the community, that was for sure," said her husband, Gerald Dorsher. Dorsher expressed gratitude for the community support he has received since his wife died Sunday evening.
Juneau soldier on the mend
Three days after the U.S. Army casualty center told Remy Carrillo her son was seriously injured in Iraq, an e-mail from Spc. Josel Carrillo put her mind at ease. "He e-mailed me and told me he is OK and he will recover soon," Carrillo said Monday. Staff at the casualty center called Carrillo on Friday morning to tell her Josel had been seriously injured while on patrol in Tikrit, Iraq. But Josel's e-mail said he was injured while on duty with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Kirkuk, Iraq. The Associated Press reported Friday that one soldier in the 173rd was killed and two other injured in Kirkuk on Thursday when someone fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the soldiers' vehicle.
The Outdoors page in Sunday's Empire incorrectly listed the date of the next meeting of the Juneau Alpine Club. It is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Juneau Public Library downtown.
Juneau police ask to keep scooters
Juneau police officers who tried out Segway Human Transporters late this summer said they "never" want to return them. A nationwide recall of the two-wheeled, powered scooters was announced Friday. The same day, Juneau Assistant Police Chief Greg Browning was returning from a St. Louis conference, where he presented findings of their successful trial late this summer in Alaska's capital. "The feedback was mostly positive," he said. "We've asked if we could keep them through November." The Anchorage-based Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-Northwest supplied police with the Segways for a trial. It also provided training for 10 officers.
Wendy Larsen rakes colorful fall maple leaves from the yard of her Glacier Avenue home Tuesday. The recent warm weather has made outdoor chores more pleasant in the Juneau area.
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 8 a.m., Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th Street. TOPS is a nonprofit weight-loss support group. Details: Betty, 364-2937. Sewing Circle, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Valley Senior Center. Details: Betty, 789-7236. Life Ring, a support group for women, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Cathedral of the Nativity basement, Fifth and Gold streets. Lunch is provided, all are welcome. Details: Cathedral of the Nativity, 586-1513. Quilting Circle, noon-4 p.m. every Tuesday, Valley Senior Center. Sponsored by the Quilting Resource Center. Details: Betty, 789-7236.
Pets of the week
DARBY Gentleman is a joy, seeking a loving home SAGE Good-looking guy is easy to have around
SE Girl Scout program aims to help mothers in jail, on probation
Girl Scouting isn't just horse badges, campfires and s'mores any more. The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council is dealing with a serious subject - women who are incarcerated or have recently been in prison. An offshoot of a national outreach called Women Behind Bars, the Step Ahead Program is counseling mothers serving probation and helping to facilitate reconnection with their daughters.
Shambhala to present series on mindfulness We are a culture driven by finding pleasure in life and trying to avoid painful circumstances. Yet, what makes people lastingly happy is as elusive as ever. The Juneau Shambhala Center is presenting four evening classes and a Saturday workshop investigating the practice of mindfulness. The classes will cover the classic Buddhist teachings on the "Four Foundations of Mindfulness," beginning on Oct.16, at 6:30 p.m. with a talk on the first foundation: "Mindfulness of Body."
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Juneau resident Frances See, 84, died Sept. 27, 2003, in Juneau. She was born March 7, 1919, in Hoonah, a Shungu Keidee of the Xeilt Hit. As a child, she lived in Port Althorp, eventually moving back to Hoonah to live in the "Snail House," in which her grandfather was a leader. Early in her life she worked at the Alaska Native Hospital at Mt. Edgecumbe, then at various canneries in Juneau and Hoonah. She moved with her family to Tenakee Springs in 1952, where, although blind, she worked in the crab cannery until it closed. She was a member of ANS Camp 76 of Tenakee.
Juneau resident Evelyn Henkins, 85, died Sept. 26, 2003, in Juneau. She was born April 3, 1918, to Lloyd Saville and Vernice Ruth Snare. She moved to Juneau in 1938 and became a homemaker.
Beverly M. Dorsher
Beverly M. Dorsher Douglas resident Beverly M. Dorsher, 71, died Sept. 28, 2003, at her home in Douglas. Services are pending.
Bridge numbers don't exactly add up
Curious about the controversy over the proposed addition of a lane to the Douglas Bridge, I decided to do some measuring. The results might interest Empire readers. I first measured the distance between the railings on the bridge. At the Juneau end it is 36 feet, the width the city and state propose to put three lanes.
MyTurn:DOT&PF aims to improve alternatives, preferred or not
Michael Catsi's Sept. 22 "My Turn" column discussed the April scoping process for the Juneau Access Improvements project and a recent meeting held in Skagway. The state DOT&PF was invited to Skagway by the city's mayor to give residents there an update on the project. I would like to address some of Mr. Catsi's concerns and provide some additional information on the project. As most readers know, DOT&PF is currently developing a supplement to update the Draft Environmental Impact (DEIS). The DEIS was completed in 1997, but only limited additional study followed and no final document was prepared. The first step in updating the DEIS was scoping. Scoping is the process used to identify issues to be addressed in an environmental document. The objective of this particular scoping effort was to identify: (1) the range of reasonable alternatives to be evaluated; (2) the substantive environmental issues; and (3) the studies required to address these issues in the supplemental DEIS.
My Turn: Question bill for rebuilding Iraq
Democrats see Iraq funding bill as defining issue of session." That's the headline on a story in the Sept. 28 Juneau Empire on the $87 billion President Bush is requesting for Iraq and Afghanistan. A similar article in the Sept. 26 Washington Post has the headline, "In GOP, Concern Over Iraq Price Tag." It's reassuring to see some bipartisan support for stepping back and asking if the administration might just be going too far this time.
Juneau-Douglas High School Swimming
Results from a pair of weekend dual meets in Fairbanks featuring the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team. On Friday, Juneau-Douglas competed against North Pole at North Pole High School. On Saturday, the Crimson Bears competed against West Valley at Lathrop High School. Several Lathrop divers competed as exhibition divers in Saturday's meet, but their scores were not available.
Sports in Juneau
Friday, Oct. 3 Juneau Youth Football League - Pee-Wee Division: Rams vs. Cowboys, 6 p.m. Junior Division: 49ers vs. Sitka, 8 p.m. Both games at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3-4 Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball - Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza: The Crimson Bears host several teams TBA in this annual tournament. Teams slated to play include Cordova, Glennallen, Palmer, Colony, Sitka, Ketchikan, Haines, Mount Edgecumbe, Petersburg, Wrangell and Metlakatla. Times and matchups are TBA Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main and auxiliary gyms.
Running Away With The Title
Clockwise from right: Juneau senior Greta Thibodeau (235) , who finished ninth in the girls race, leads a pack of runners through the woods at the Michael Janecek Trails around Palmer High School; Juneau sophomore Lexy Garvey (231) tries to catch Kenai's Elana Bird (244) in a sprint for the finish line; Juneau junior Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (241), who finished in fifth place to lead the Crimson Bear boys, passes Homer's Monte Garroutte (225) during the final lap of the race; the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team and coaches show off their state championship trophy; and Juneau senior Isaac Milligan (242) leads senior teammate Tim Davin toward the finish line on Machetanz Football Field. The Juneau boys claimed their first state championship with their victory on Saturday, while the Crimson Bear girls team finished in third place. A story and results from the meet ran in Sunday's Juneau Empire sports section.
Sports in Juneau
Friday, Oct. 3 Juneau Youth Football League - Pee-Wee Division: Rams vs. Cowboys, 6 p.m. Junior Division: 49ers vs. Sitka, 8 p.m. Both games at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field.
Juneau ascends to No. 1
In this topsy-turvy year, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team's coaches wanted to avoid being ranked No. 1 when the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Football Coaches Polls was released each Monday during the regular season. The Crimson Bears were able to avert a top ranking as they watched other teams take the honor, then fail to hold onto it for more than a week or two. But when the final regular-season poll was released Monday, Juneau found itself ranked No. 1 in the state for the first time since the 2001 season. Juneau is the fifth team this season to hold the top spot, but with the state playoffs opening this weekend, the Crimson Bears aren't worried about the polls. At this time of the year, high school football teams better win on Friday or Saturday or else they're turning in their gear on Monday and calling the season done.<
Rookie LeBron James begins anew with Cavs
CLEVELAND - On his first official day as an NBA player, LeBron James did all he could to blend in with the Cleveland Cavaliers' other rookies. Impossible. Cleveland opened training camp Tuesday at Gund Arena, and as expected, all eyes were on James, the 18-year-old local kid who has already made the Cavaliers one of the league's hottest tickets before playing his first game.
Juneau Parks and Rec. Volleyball Standings
Juneau Parks and Rec. Volleyball Standings
Juneau Disc Golf Association
Juneau Disc Golf Association, Fourth of First Tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team runs together at the start of the Class 4A boys race at the state championships on the Michael Janecek Trails around Palmer High School. From left, the state champion Crimson Bears are Wesley Dinnan (238), Tyler Dinnan (237), Nils Domke (239), Ray Huebschen (240), Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (241), Issac Milligan (242) and Tim Davin (236). Also in the picture are Sitka runners Daniel McArthur (377) and Tyler Eggen (374). More photos are on Page B4.
Anchorage is no longer rat free
Anchorage can no longer claim to be the largest port city in the Northern Hemisphere without known rat infestations. State biologist Rick Sinnott caught and kille dtwo Norway rats found living at a pond near a South Anchorage school. Professional exterminatiors hired by the city placed more traps at the scene Monday afternoon.
GCI scratches KING-TV from cable lineup
Seattle NBC affiliate KING-TV is being removed form the GCI cable lineup effective today, but customers can still catch their favorite NBC shows on Juneau's local NBC affiliate, KATH-TV. Previously, GCI offered both channels; KING on channel 15 and KATH on channel 17. But when cable companies offer miuliple affiliates of the same network, the local broadcaster has precedence and can request that the distant affiliate be dropped, said GCI spokesman Terry Dunlap.
Alaska pollock fishery looks good
ANCHORAGE - A panel determined that the $750 million Alaska pollock fishery is well-managed and sustainable - a finding that could bestow an eco-label on America's largest fishery. The industry group At-sea Processors Association is seeking the label from the Marine Stewardship Council in an effort to increase the market for Alaska pollock, particularly in the United States and Europe, where consumers increasingly are looking for the green stamp of approval, APA spokesman Jim Gilmore said Tuesday.
More bears preying on musk oxen in refuge
ANCHORAGE - Musk ox kills by brown bears in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have dramatically increased over the past decade, according to studies by federal and state biologists. A number of individual Arctic grizzlies have learned how to stalk and take down the shaggy animals, said ANWR ecologist Patricia Reynolds, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "I think the reason that bears are efficient predators is because they are adaptable, and they have the ability to switch to whatever is out there," Reynolds said.
GOP pushes Bush's $87 billion Iraq bill
WASHINGTON - Republicans muscled President Bush's $87 billion plan for Iraq and Afghanistan through a Senate committee Tuesday but signaled that they may ultimately defy the White House and structure some of the aid as a loan.
Congress approves surplus for Fort Greely interceptors
FAIRBANKS - Congress has approved $160 million more than President Bush requested for new missile defense interceptors at Fort Greely, said U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican. The House and Senate approved the final Defense Department spending bill for fiscal year 2004 last week.
Mendenhall makes it to North Carolina
Just because no glaciers exist in the rolling hills of North Carolina doesnt mean that high school students there shouldnt be able to study the science of glacial ice. At least thats what Tom Savage, a science teacher at Chase High School in Forest City, N.C., thinks. Getting the kids interested in science is one of the schools goals and certainly one of my goals, he said. I want to capture their imagination with a career in science.
Motorcyclist injured on Glacier Highway, China Airlines pilot barred from flight, State investigates antitrust rumors, Wasilla man arrested on shooting charge, State to study game for wasting disease
Potential for opals, emeralds draws attention in Yukon, British Columbia
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Deposits of opal, emerald, sapphire and rare blue beryl glow like rainbows across northern British Columbia and the Yukon and, slowly, people are starting to notice. "Until recently no one really looked for gemstones in B.C.," said Brian Grant, a geologist with the British Columbia Geological Survey. "People assumed they were only found in tropical places." Bob Yorke-Hardy, president of Okanagan Opal Inc., was looking for gold when he cracked open a rock and was nearly blinded by an eyeful of opal.
Eagle River-Chugiak leaders eye seceding from Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - There's a new call among some Eagle River-Chugiak leaders for the area to become an independent city, separate from Anchorage. This time it comes from a perceived threat to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. Anchorage Assemblyman Dan Kendall, who represents Eagle River and Chugiak, is among the people promoting independence. He issued his secession call in a mid-September speech to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. Kendall was angered by a suggestion contained in reports prepared this summer for new Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. The mayor's transition team said fire and emergency services could be improved through integration of the paid Anchorage Fire Department with the volunteer forces in Chugiak and Girdwood.
DOT unveils Glacier Highway plans JUNEAU - The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Thursday to present its preferred alternative for upgrades to Glacier Highway between Fritz Cove Road and the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. The meeting will be in Smith Hall at Chapel by the Lake at 11024 Auke Lake Way from 6 to 9 p.m.
Former Fairbanks banker sentenced
Anchorage-A former Fairbanks businessman was sentenced Tuesday to five months in jail-the time he has already served-for bank fraud. Thomas Miklautsch, who turns 78 on Thursday, was sentenced to 30 moths in prison with all but 25 months suspended. Miklautsch had faced a maximum of five years in prison a a $250,000 fine. The former pharmacist, city council member and University of Alaska regent was arrested by customs agents April 30 at Los Angeles International Airport as he returned from Switzerland. He testified Tuesday that he had spent the last 10 years in Christian missionary work in third-world Asian countries and Europe.
ASI closes plant, lays off 43 workers
Alaska Seafood International abruptly closed its doors and put 43 employees out of work on Tuesday after the company announced its owners no longer wanted to operate the struggling plant. Alaska Seafood International, which operated since 1999 but never fulfilled the promise of providing hundreds of jobs and a value-added market for Alaska salmon, hopes to liquidate its assets and avoid bankruptcy.
Judge asked to toss out abuse lawsuit against diocese
Anchorage-Attorneys are asking a Bethel judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the Fairbanks Diocese and the Society of Jesus by six former altar boys who say they were sexually abused by a Jesuit priest. The Catholic Church is protected by the statute of limitations against a lawsuit seeking justice for events going back to the 1970's and, for one of the alatar boys, to the 1950's, say attorneys Robert Groseclose and James Gorski.
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